NordicTrack Treadmill Reviews
NordicTrack Treadmills are mid-priced machines manufactured by ICON Fitness, the same company that produces Weslo, Proform, Healthrider and several other treadmill brands. This is the company’s brand marketed to the middle-age, yuppie market that’s familiar with the popular NordicTrack ski machines from a few decades ago.
NordicTrack treadmills range in price anywhere from $799 to almost $4,000. There’s a lot of choice within the NordicTrack line, but the differences aren’t in construction or performance so much as in the extras on the individual models. It’s apparent when you check them out that these treadmills are targeted to everyone from the casual user to the serious athlete.
Most of the thought and effort of NordicTrack has gone into making each treadmill model more entertaining than the last. Web enabled touch screens, integrated HD televisions, iFit technology and music compatbility are all meant to appeal to those who need a tasty carrot dangled in front of them to exercise. To give NordicTrack credit, these treadmills sell like hotcakes and the features work very well.
The current lineup consists of the budget-conscious C-Series, in the $799-$1299 range, the popular Commercial Series, in the $1,499 to $3,499 range, and the Incline Trainer series in the $1,599 to $2,999 range.
You also have some new 2016 models that have been introduced including the X15i Incline Trainer (recently discontinued), the C700, C990 and C1650 models, as well as updated versions of the Commercial 1750, 2450 and 2950.
What NordicTrack treadmills excel at in novelty, however, they used to fall short on in the real meat and potatoes functions that serious athletes were looking for. While these treadmills always had a generous running surface and sturdy belts, the motors on all but the most expensive models weren't as powerful as they should be. Thankfully the company has upgraded the motors and other major components in recent years.
At the lower end of the price range, you’ll still find decent motors, belt stability and user weight limits of at least 300 lbs., which is a welcome change.
The good news is that NordicTrack recently upgraded its warranties. They now offer better coverage on most models, which is considerably better than their old 90 day warranty (standard for ICON).
The overall mechanics have improved recently as well. In fact, Consumer Reports considered one of NordicTrack’s high end models excellent in two of four categories. If you are willing to pay for their higher end models, these treadmills are pretty good, but don’t get caught up in the bells and whistles and forget to look at the bare bones when shopping.
ICON seems to be improving the brand all the time, and have really taken NordicTrack treadmills up to the next level. Let’s hope they continue to do so for years to come!
NordicTrack Commercial 1750 - An upgrade on the best-selling Commercial 1500 model which has been a favorite product for Icon Fitness for many years. Rated ‘Good Buy’.
NordicTrack Commercial 2450 - Plenty of extras users want for in-home use in a machine with a surprisingly low price tag for commercial quality core features.
NordicTrack Commercial 2950 - A step up from the 2450 model with a more powerful motor and a 10" web-enabled touchscreen console make this one a real winner.
NordicTrack C700 - An entry level machine redesigned with iFit Bluetooth and a new calorie burn reader for users who like a few extra features that keep boredom at bay with a variety of workouts.
NordicTrack C 990- A new 2016 model with a 7" touch display, strong motor, iFit enabled, incline and adjustable cushioning. A great value.
NordicTrack C1650 - The top of the C Series with a 10" web-enabled display, incline capability, iFit technology and other great features.
NordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer - Great for walkers who like steep uphill courses. Strengthens the cardiovascular system, burns fat fast; used by obese contestants on The Biggest Loser.
NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer - Get in the best shape of your life with an incline that adjusts up to 40% and declines to 6%.
NordicTrack X11i Commercial Incline Trainer - Helps you burn calories up to 5x faster than on a traditional treadmill; beefed up components make it a dream to work out on.
NordicTrack Treadmill Desk Platinum- new for 2016 with power incline and iFit Bluetooth, this is a well-priced desk treadmill to work while you work out.
NordicTrack X15i Incline Trainer - Brand new for 2016 this one has the most powerful motor yet plus a 15-inch HD television mounted right to the treadmill.